Fuel weekly preview

After playing six of their first eight at home, the Fuel are spending their first double-weekend at the friendly confines of the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, hosting the Alaska Aces for both games. It will be Alaska’s first-ever visit to the Coliseum, and the first regular-season games between the two teams. This will be the second and third of a stretch of four home games in a five-game stretch. On Friday night, the Stanley Cup and displays from the Hockey Hall of Fame will be in the arena. Saturday will be Guns ‘n Hoses night, as the Fuel honor law enforcement and firefighters.

Current record: 5-3-1, 11 points, t2nd Midwest Division, t5th Western Conference

Last week: The Fuel went 2-1-0 over the three games last week, blanking Evansville 3-0 on Wednesday before falling to the IceMen 4-2 on Friday. The Fuel returned home and put forth a solid performance in a 5-2 victory over Quad City on Saturday. … Thirteen different players got on the scoresheet last week. Dylan Clarke (2G/2A) and Kevin Quick (4A) led the way with four points each in the three games. Ben Marshall (G/2A) and Alex Lavoie (G/2A) had three points. Garett Bembridge had two goals. Peter Schneider and Kyle Stroh each had a goal and an assist. Daniel Ciampini had two assists. Rhett Bly and Josh Brittain also scored goals. … Bembridge now has a point in five of his last six games. Clarke and Quick are both working on three-game scoring streaks. … Mac Carruth had his third Fuel shutout – and the fourth in team history – in Wednesday’s 3-0 whitewash in Evansville. He stopped 22 shots that game and was 45-of-49 for the week. Shane Owen stopped 23-of-25 on Saturday. Carruth is now 2-1-1 with a 2.72 GAA and a .919 save percentage, Owen is 3-2-0 with a 2.18 GAA and .925 save percentage. … The Fuel PP was 2-for-8 last week, and the PK has killed off nine straight opportunities dating back to Oct. 24.

Fuel bits: The Fuel are 3-0-0 at home. … Dylan Clarke (5-6-11) is tied for ninth in the league in scoring with 11 points and leads the ECHL with four power play goals. He has four of the Fuel’s six PPGs this season. … G Shane Owen is 16th in the league in goals allowed with a 2.18 GAA. He’s 15th with a .925 save percentage. … D Nick Mattson tallied his first professional point with an assist in Friday’s game at Evansville. … Forwards Garett Bembridge (4-3-7) and Alex Lavoie (3-4-7) are second on the team in scoring behind Clarke. Rhett Bly, Kyle Stroh, Peter Schneider and Josh Brittain have all scored three goals this season. … Indy has the league’s seventh-best PP (22.2%) and PK (87.5%). … The Fuel are 12th in the league in scoring (3.11 per game) and 11th in goals allowed (2.67 per game).

This week’s games

Friday: vs. Alaska Aces (4-6-1), 7:35 p.m., Indiana Farmers Coliseum (TV: HTSN-6.2, Radio: WXNT-1430)
Saturday: vs. Alaska Aces (4-6-1), 7:35 p.m., Indiana Farmers Coliseum (TV: HTSN-6.2, Radio: WXNT-1430)
This season/all-time series: 
First meeting
The Fuel and Aces actually met up in the preseason in Alaska last season, but this is the first regular-season meeting between the two teams. … The Aces are the only Alaska franchise in any major or affiliated minor pro North American league. … Alaska dropped three games at home to the Utah Grizzlies last week, losing 4-2, 4-1 and 3-2. Dean Chelios and Tim Coffman had a goal and an assist each in the stretch. Justin Breton, Joe Perry and Tommaso Traversa also scored goals for Alaska. Troy Redmann played all three games in goal, stopping 83 of 93 shots. Redmann is 17th in the league in GAA with a 2.25 average. He has a .929 save percentage. … Perry gets the puck on goal – he’s tied for fourth in the ECHL in shots with 41. … Breton leads the way with seven points (6-1-7) in 10 games. Forwards Steven Perfetto (3-3-6), Ben Lake (2-4-6) and Tim Coffman (1-5-6) are second in scoring. Traversa also has four goals. … The Aces roster has one familiar face, former Fuel forward Dean Chelios, who was dealt to the Aces at the trade deadline last season. … These games will feature two of the ECHL’s least-penalized teams. The Aces are fourth from the bottom at 12.18 minutes/game, and the Fuel are one step below them with 11.56 minutes/game. … Alaska is 15th in the league on the PP (15.6%) and 12th on the PK (84.2%). … The Aces are 20th in the league in scoring (2.36/game) and 15th in goals allowed (3.0/game). … The Aces are one of three independent teams in the ECHL – Wichita and Colorado are the others.

Roster moves
One roster move this week: Defenseman David Pszenyczny was released on Tuesday after being activated from the 21-day IR. Pszenyczny was one of five veterans who broke camp with the team, one more than the ECHL’s limit of four. D Nick Mattson was also assigned to the team mid-week. Matt White and Walker Wintoneak were placed on reserve before Saturday’s game, while Patrick Koudys and Reed Seckel were activated from reserve. Saturday’s game snapped an 81-game consecutive-games streak for White, who had been the only player to appear in every Fuel game prior to that date.

Current roster

Forwards (10)

  • (V) Garett Bembridge (6-0, 180, Saskatoon, Sask.). Age: 34. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (V) Josh Brittain (6-5, 220, Milton, Ont.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Ontario Reign (ECHL).
  • Rhett Bly (5-10, 185, Regina, Sask.). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (RFD/R) Daniel Ciampini (5-11, 185, Concord, Ont.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Union College (NCAA)/Worcester Sharks (AHL)
  • Dylan Clarke (6-2, 174, Belleville, Ont.). Age: 29. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Rapid City Rush (ECHL)
  • Alex Lavoie (5-10, 170, Anjou, Que.). Age: 22. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Florida Everblades (ECHL)
  • (R) Peter Schneider (5-11, 191, Vienna, Austria). Age: 24. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Notre Dame (NCAA)/Indy Fuel (ECHL).
  • (R) Reed Seckel (5-10, 182, Melvin, Mich.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Northern Michigan (NCAA)/Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
  • (R) Cody Sharib (6-2, 220, Needham, Mass.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Connecticut (NCAA)
  • Kyle Stroh (6-1, 185, Vibank, Sask.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL).

Defensemen (7)

  • Anders Franzon (6-3, 196, Plattsburgh, NY). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (CHI) Dillon Fournier (6-2, 187, Montreal, Quebec). Age: 21. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)/Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
  • (R) Patrick Koudys (6-3, 210, Smithville, Ont.). Age: 22. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Penn State (NCAA).
  • (R) Ben Marshall (5-9, 179, Mahtomedi, Minn). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Minnesota (NCAA).
  • (RFD/R) Nick Mattson (6-1, 184, Chanhassen, Minn.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: North Dakota (NCAA)
  • (V) Zach Miskovic (6-0, 183, River Forest, Ill.). Age: 30. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
  • (V) Kevin Quick (6-0, 181, Buffalo, NY). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Dundee Stars (EIHL).

Goaltenders (2)

  • (RFD) Mac Carruth (6-3, 182, Jackson, Wyo.). Age: 23. Catches: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)/Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
  • Shane Owen (6-2, 195, Markham, Ont.). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL).

Reserve (2)

  • F-Matt White (6-2, 196, McMurray, Pa.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • F-Walker Wintoneak (6-3, 208, Flin Flon, Man.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: University of Calgary (CIS)

V-Veteran (260+ games of pro experience prior to this season)
R-Rookie (25- games of pro experience prior to this season)
RFD-Under contract to AHL Rockford IceHogs
CHI-Under contract to NHL Chicago Blackhawks

Looking ahead: The Fuel will make a short jaunt next Friday Nov. 20 to Cincinnati for their first game against the Cyclones this season before playing a home-and-home with Quad City – in Indy on Nov. 21 and in Moline the following afternoon. That will begin a five-game Thanksgiving road trip that will also take the Fuel to Wichita and Missouri.

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